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  • Schumer got $50K in donations from Facebook — and his daughter got a job

    11/19/2018 8:26:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/17/18 | Mary Kay Linge and Sara Dorn
    What does it take to friend a U.S. senator? If you’re Facebook, all you need is about $50,000 in donations – and a cushy job for the politician’s daughter. Facebook employees, including some at the top of its corporate pyramid, have helped fill Schumer’s campaign coffers – and he’s returned the favor by carrying water for the social media giant in Congress, according to a recent report. And Alison Schumer, the senator’s youngest of two daughters, works as a Facebook product marketing manager – which pays an average of $160,000, according to Glassdoor.com. “It sure looks hinky,” political strategist Susan...
  • ‘Go home!’: Trump doubles down on caravan ‘invasion’ claims (Vete a Casa)

    11/19/2018 7:38:30 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 18, 2018 | Nikki Schwab
    President Trump was back to warning Americans of an “invasion” of migrants coming up through Mexico. Trump tweeted a warning from the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, ... saying his city was ill-prepared to handle the anticipated 10,000 migrants moving north. Photo: Caravan inches closer to border as many reject Mexican asylum “No city in the world is prepared to receive this – if I’m allowed – this avalanche,” Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said, according to the AP. “It is a tsunami. There is concern among all citizens of Tijuana." Gastelum said there were already 2,750 migrants from the caravan...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rages at Repubs for noticing she’s incredibly uninformed about well, [tr]

    11/19/2018 7:52:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 19, 2018 | Sam J.
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting cranky with Republicans for pointing out when she makes mistakes. Hey, it’s not our fault that she says ridiculous things and proves time and time again she was not elected because of her knowledge of government or policy. C’mon, she makes it too easy. Watch.
  • Ocasio-Cortez castigate ‘drooling’ Republicans who ‘chop up’ her ‘word slips’

    11/19/2018 7:51:55 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 19, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Ignorance and arrogance are a bad combination, even for a Democrat. Not even yet sworn-into office (“inaugurated,” as she inappropriately put it) as a member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upset that she gets criticized over her mangling of the proper terminology for discussing the federal government. Over the weekend, she spoke of the “three chambers of Congress” – and quickly (and inaccurately) corrected herself to say “three chambers of government,” not understanding that the executive and judiciary are not “chambers” but branches. Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all...
  • [SC-01] Drilling proved to be key in 1st Dist.; Area has strong ties to conservation ... [tr]

    11/18/2018 6:55:57 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 10 replies
    The Post and Courier (Charleston SC) ^ | November 18, 2018 | Chloe Johnson
    In the waning days of her congressional race, Republican Katie Arrington attempted to paint her opponent as a one-issue candidate, concerned only with offshore drilling. The issue, however, is likely one of the main forces that helped Democrat Joe Cunningham turn the 1st Congressional District blue for the first time in four decades. And it may have resonated with an important constituency that Cunningham’s staunch opposition to fossil fuel exploration likely spoke to: conservation-minded conservatives. “It’s a huge group in the 1st District,” said outgoing Rep. Mark Sanford. Sanford, who lost to Trump loyalist Katie Arrington in a primary for...
  • What is Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal’? It’s Utter Crapitalism

    11/18/2018 6:52:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    Earlier this week, the newly-elected Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped by Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Hill office. She was not there to say hello to her new colleague but to show support for a group of environmentalists hosting a sit-in in the potential Speaker of the House's workspace. The move rankled party leadership and consultants. But what exactly was Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez showing support for? It was the "Green New Deal", a massive overhaul spending plan of the United States' economy in an effort to supposedly combat climate change. According to Politico, Ocasio-Cortez met with members from the Sunrise Movement, a nationwide...
  • Gillibrand: Trump ‘Has Created Division and Hate Throughout Society’

    11/18/2018 2:24:24 PM PST · by rktman · 91 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/16/2018 | Melanie Arter
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of fomenting hate and division, citing an increase in hate crimes through the state of New York. “I think we are in a moment in time where our country and our morality as a country is literally on knife’s edge. We have a president who has blurred, even destroyed the lines between right vs. wrong. He has demonized immigrants. He has created division and hate throughout society,” she said during a speech at the National Action Network Conference. “In New York State, we have more hate crimes than we have...
  • PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION: Cut Legal Admissions by Two-Thirds (Harry Reid op-ed, 1994)

    11/18/2018 11:46:10 AM PST · by rintintin · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 10, 1994 | U.S. Senator Harry Reid
    The federal government has been grossly irresponsible in its neglect of mounting immigration problems, even as these problems place unbearable burdens on states like California. It is regrettable that states have reached a point where the only avenue they have for justice is the courts. It is even more regrettable that this Administration and this Congress stand by and allow the federal courts to decide the nation's immigration policies. Taxpayers simply cannot continue to sustain new populations the size of San Diego or the state of Nevada every year. California is sending up the red flag tat Washington should heed.Unprecedented...
  • Dozens of House Republicans object to gay rights language in NAFTA replacement deal

    11/18/2018 12:03:35 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/16/2018 | Sean Higgins
    A group of 45 House Republican lawmakers wrote President Trump Friday stating that they were "deeply concerned" by the inclusion of "sexual orientation and and gender identity language" in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement on trade. The representatives said the inclusion was "inappropriate and insulting to our national sovereignty" and urged Trump to remove the language. The letter suggests the president may loose some key Republican support when the deal, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, comes before before Congress for approval next year. "A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy," the GOP lawmakers wrote,...
  • State, Local Cops May Not Make Immigration Arrests, NY Appeals Court Rules

    11/17/2018 2:22:59 PM PST · by OddLane · 37 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 11/14/18 | Andrew Denney
    Nothing in New York law gives state and local law enforcement agencies the authority to detain inmates for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on immigration charges, a state appeals court said in a ruling aimed at a policy initiated by Suffolk County officials. The unanimous ruling by the Appellate Division, Second Department rejected the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department’s policy of keeping inmates who are the subjects of ICE detention or deportation orders for up to 48 hours after the time that they normally would have been released and immediately notifying immigration authorities. While inmates are under the 48-hour immigration hold,...
  • Cutting razor wire, caravan migrants make a new case for a border wall

    11/17/2018 9:24:32 AM PST · by rktman · 105 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/17/2018 | Monica Showalter
    After a big public relations buildup about razor wire being installed at the border to keep illegal migrants out, caravan migrants are at it again, this time cutting the newly installed razor wire: Customs and Border Patrol has a video of the crime in San Diego. Here's video of another one at the the border in Arizona. Both happened on the exact same day, Nov. 14. Obviously, it's coordinated, and by a very canny organized group (cartels?) that wants to send a message to the U.S. that its border efforts are useless. Tactically, it's striking first and striking hard, right...
  • Migrants won't see armed US soldiers on border

    11/17/2018 10:01:34 AM PST · by RightGeek · 28 replies
    WRAL (AP) ^ | 11/16/2018 | Julie Watson
    <p>SAN DIEGO — As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won't find are armed American soldiers standing guard.</p> <p>That's because U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties.</p>
  • De Blasio passes the buck on city’s snowstorm chaos

    11/16/2018 2:39:21 PM PST · by conservative98 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 16, 2018 | 2:18pm | Rich Calder and Bob Fredericks
    Facing a blizzard of criticism, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted Friday that he knew Thursday morning the city would be blanketed with up to 5 inches of snow — but still pointed the finger everywhere except at City Hall for the chaotic evening commute. Responding to an angry “George in the Bronx” on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” who was stuck in the snow for four hours on Gun Hill Road, Hizzoner offered a lengthy reply that stopped short of a mea culpa. “I think the crux of this matter was on Wednesday night the National Weather Service was saying 1...
  • "Suspicious Minds": Trump accused of racism for honoring Elvis, as he awards Medal of Freedom

    11/16/2018 10:19:24 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 73 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/16/2018
    Not everyone believes Elvis is the king. President Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven Americans on Friday, including the late rock star Elvis Presley, though even that gesture is coming under fire from liberals. Trump is honoring Presley, baseball legend Babe Ruth, former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, philanthropist Miriam Adelson, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, jurist Alan Page, and Hall-of-Fame quarterback Roger Staubach. Still, some have accused Trump of racism for honoring Presley, long known as the "King of Rock and Roll." The Washington Post’s pop culture critic Chris Richards called Trump’s move “a little nod...
  • Opinion: If celebrity victims of climate change can’t silence the deniers, who can?

    11/16/2018 8:13:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 14, 2018 | vy Zoe Williams
    "Wildfires don’t care about wealth or status,” began the New York Times this week, describing the celebrity homes obliterated by fire in California. But what the report didn’t add, leaving it instead to Neil Young’s website, was that climate change cares even less. As President Trump took time out of his busy schedule protecting his hair and insulting the French to blame poor forest management, Young laid it on the line: “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of climate change.” Nothing brings the environment...
  • Parents See Red Over Ketchup Limit at NY School District

    11/16/2018 9:31:11 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 60 replies
    USNews ^ | Nov. 16, 2018 | Staff
    Some parents are seeing red over a ketchup crackdown at a New York school district. Newsday reports that the Eastport-South Manor Central School District on Long Island is limiting students to two 9-gram packets of the condiment at lunch. Assistant Superintendent Timothy Laube told families in a letter this week that ketchup and other condiments "have little or no nutritional value." The district eliminated pump dispensers for condiments last year and switched to packets. Parent Tim Petrou called the condiment cap "a little ridiculous." He said kids "should be allowed to have ketchup." But school board member and parent Jeff...
  • The NRA Will Have Its Day in Court (against Cuomo)

    11/15/2018 5:53:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2018 | James Freeman
    [N]o elected official in the country has more aggressively sought to limit free speech rights than Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.). Now he will have to answer for it in court. ... In May this column described how Mr. Cuomo was using the state’s financial regulatory agency to intimidate insurance companies, banks and other firms into turning down business with the NRA. The gun-rights group sued Mr. Cuomo after he ordered the state’s Department of Financial Services to tell the firms it oversees “to review any relationships they may have with the National Rifle Association and other similar organizations. Upon...
  • Clueless Ocasio-Cortez doesn't understand Dem corporatist strategy

    11/14/2018 7:22:51 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/18 | Thomas Lifson
    It is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s glory and burden that she actually believes all the slogans that progressives mouth. She hasn’t yet realized that the Democratic Party coalition has a senior partner, of the ultra-wealthy corporate elite that provides campaign funding and institutional support, and a junior partner, the poor and minorities, the electoral cannon fodder who provide votes and (lately) mobs, and get freebies from the government in return. The junior partners get noisy public support (aka, “lip service”) from the Dem politicians, but the senior partners get the goodies – the regulations, subsidies, and tax breaks – mostly in private.
  • [New York City] Vet banned from Disney World after holding 'Trump 2020' sign

    11/13/2018 2:28:25 PM PST · by ETL · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | Nov 13, 2018 | Chris Perez
    Walt Disney World banned an ex-Marine from the Upper West Side from all its parks last week for waving a “Trump 2020” banner on Splash Mountain, he says. “Forty Disney employees escorted me out,” recalled Dion Cini, 49. “I held up the sign for two seconds so I can take a picture,” he told The Post. “You’re allowed to hold up signs on Disney rides — cameras, cellphones, and other stuff like that. People have been doing it for years. They just kicked me out ’cause of the context of the sign.” Cini, an annual pass-holder with over 1,000 days...
  • Ocasio-Cortez finds Amazon’s HQ2 in NYC ‘extremely concerning’

    11/13/2018 9:25:52 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 100 replies
    nypost ^ | 11/13/2018 | Natalie Musumeci
    Queens residents are “outraged” at Amazon’s plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, according to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic Socialist, who cruised to victory in the midterm elections after beating Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) in an upset primary win in June, fired off a series of tweets Monday night into Tuesday regarding the blockbuster plans. “We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this. The community’s response? Outrage,” Ocasio-Cortez, who officially takes office in January, tweeted. The 29-year-old went on to say: “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that...